Junya Ishigami: Architecture as Air

Date: 28 June 2011 – 16 October 2011
Venue: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is one of the pioneering architects of his generation. Working between the spheres of architecture and art, Ishigami redefines the aesthetics of minimalism by playing with perception, materials and scale.

For his first installation in the UK, he has conceived a new structure built in response to The Curve’s unique space, which he describes as ’melting endlessly into space’. The structure comprises of a single curved line of delicate 4 metre columns running the entire length of the gallery, which appear to be held in place by air and atmosphere alone. Only on close inspection are the transparent structural components revealed.

This work is a development of his experimental installation Architecture as air: study for château la coste, which was first shown at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010 and won the Golden Lion for best project.

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